Oops! Your child has again put himself in trouble by getting gum in his hair, and you are scratching your head and thinking what to do. Wait a minute! don’t rush to get out the scissors and read this article for a safe yet easy way to get gum out of hair.
Getting gum into hair is not a new or unique problem and almost all of the parents face this situation on a frequent basis. However most of the times, parents consider cutting the stuck hair as the only way to get rid of this trouble. Luckily, your pantry’s common items can easily solve this irritating problem without ending up into an impromptu haircut.
Easy tips to get gum out of hair
Here are some easy tips to get gum out of the hair of your child.
Peanut butter method
- Take a jar of oil or peanut butter
- Apply it thoroughly on the gum with the help of old toothbrush or fingers, and leave it for few minutes
- Gum would be easily removed
- Wash the hair
Gum dissolver method
- Take some adhesive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise or eucalyptus oil, and apply it directly on the gum.
- Leave it for a few minutes.
- Gum would get dissolved. Clean the area with a towel and take a shower at the end.
Gum freezing method
- Another easy way to get gum out of hair is freezing it.
- Take an ice cube and apply it over the gum to freeze it by wrapping it in a plastic bag.
- When gum becomes breakable, chip it out.
- If it is badly stuck, then apply some oil and repeat the process.
Cooking oil method
- Get a rubber band and separate the un-gummed hair from the stuck area
- Apply some cooking oil into trapped area carefully with the help of your fingers.
- Avoid massaging the hair. Make sure that you have completely covered the stuck area with cooking oil.
- Afterwards, start raking fingers gently to dislodge the mess from hair strands.
- Within few minutes, gum would loosen out and would slide down the hair.
Other ways to get the gum out of hair
- Take one of these products: Cooking oil, Toothpaste, WD-40, Cold cream, Hair mousse, Shampoo.
- Apply one of these items over the stuck area thoroughly
- Don’t massage. Gently move your fingers to cover the area
- After applying sufficient amount, comb the hair to tear away the gum in a gentle manner.
- If gum is too hard to break, apply more material to soften it.
- Continue combing your child’s hair for a few minutes in long strokes from top to bottom.
- Keep on cleaning the comb by removing pieces of gum that have been stuck into it.
- Repeat the process until all the gum is removed from the stuck area
- In the end, wash the hair with shampoo to clean out any residue material left in that area.
All of the above-listed methods are effective. However, it depends on the size of gum and time period for which gum has been stuck in the hair. Use another method if one doesn’t work. Moreover, after removing the gum, don’t forget to use the conditioner with shampoo to remove any adhesive residue from the hair.
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